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UPDATE FROM MARCH 25, 2020

Greetings all in the name of Christ!

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Phillipi, "I thank my God every time I remember you."  I've been thanking God a lot these days because I've been remembering and thinking about each of you a lot recently.  We certainly are living in unprecedented times!

A few things to remember about our church:

1) There is Children's Sunday School happening each Sunday at 10 AM via Zoom.  You can access that by clicking here.  The meeting ID is 371 842 769 and the password is grace.  Contact Mary Gossett for more information at mary@graceintheheights.org

2) Worship is hosted online each Sunday at 10:45 AM in two formats.  You can access it on Facebook by visiting our Facebook page here.  Or you can visit our website and click on the "Live Stream" button at the upper right-hand corner.  If you worship with us via our website, you can submit your attendance by clicking on "Connection Card" and if you worship via Facebook sign-in by simply commenting that you are present in the comments section.  If you missed worship last week, you can visit our YouTube page and catch up!

3) Please, PLEASE give!  Our church is doing pretty well financially right now but on top of our normal ministry expenses, we still have payroll obligations, insurance payments, utility payments and so much more.  The Finance Team is working to figure where we can cut expenses but the fact of the matter is that we are totally dependent on you and your generous gifts.  Click here to make a gift online, or feel free to drop a check into the mail.

Please let me know how each of you are doing.  I miss seeing you each week!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Collin

 

 

UPDATE FROM MARCH 20, 2020 REGARDING LIVE STREAMING

Greetings all in the name of Christ!

I wanted to share an update that I put on Facebook yesterday about our new online worship opportunity via our website.  Click here to watch.

Hope to "see" you in worship on Sunday!

In Christ,
Collin

 

UPDATE FROM MARCH 18, 2020

Greetings all in the name of Christ!

I've told my kids several times over the past few days that they should try and take mental pictures of this time because they will remember it always.  The fact of the matter is that this is an unprecedented time for all of us and we're making decisions as best we can.  Recently, the CDC recommended that all people avoid groups of 10 or more, and that certainly includes our worship service.  I've decided to suspend in-person worship through April 5th.  I will continue to host a live sermon on Sunday mornings that will be posted to our website and in various other places.  You can access our new live-streaming service by clicking here, or by visiting www.graceintheheights.org and clicking on "Live Stream" in the upper right-hand corner.

It is of vital importance that, as long as you are able, you continue your generous giving.  We still have financial obligations that must be met and while we have healthy reserves, we'd rather not use them right now.  As of now, the church office remains open so if you don't give online, please drop your check in the mail.  To make your gift online, click here or visit www.graceintheheights.org/give.

Finally, talking to your kids or grandkids about the outbreak is important and our Director of Family Ministries wrote a piece of how to do that.  You can find that here.

I have had several offers from members to help those who might need assistance with groceries, errands, and other everyday chores that are now made a little more difficult.  If you need assistance, please let me know and our church family will be glad to help!

Finally, we are aware that not everyone has an email address or a smartphone/computer. Help us figure out who they are!  If you know of a church member who hasn't been receiving our digital updates, please let me know so that we can put together some mail specifically for them.  Help us reach everyone!

Stay healthy and follow the guidelines that the CDC is recommending so that we can welcome back normal times!

In Christ,
Collin

 

 

UPDATE FROM MARCH 13, 2020

Greetings all in the name of Christ!

I wanted to take some time to update you on where our church stands on the COVID-19 outbreak.  I continue to be in prayer for all of us, and hope that you are staying healthy.  After consultation with church leadership, after attending a conference call with Houston Methodist Hospital, and because the safety of all our members is of paramount importance, worship for this Sunday, March 15th is cancelled.  It is only out of an abundance of caution that we make this decision, but with other area churches and schools suspending operations, it is the best choice right now.

A few matters of importance:

1) How can we help you?  If you are a person in the higher risk category and have avoided going out into public, let your church family help.  We can organize other members to run errands, pick up groceries, deliver food etc.  Our church is a family so let's pull together during this uncertain time!

2) As you know, our church depends on your giving and even though we won't be worshipping together this week, we will still have financial obligations to keep.  If you haven't already, please sign up for online giving immediately so that we can stay in good financial standing.  Visit www.graceintheheights.org/give to make sure your gift is received in a timely manner.

3) I'll be live-streaming a sermon at 10:45 AM on Sunday morning from our Facebook page.  Interested in watching?  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GraceInTheHeights/, and log on around 10:45!  We're looking into other options to livestream, but Facebook is the easiest right now.

In Christ,
Collin

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